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The myth of a midlife crisis is persistent, Whitbourne says

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, told the the Star-Tribune that the midlife crisis is a persistent myth that's been oversimplified.

Stockbridge School volunteers plant trees and vegetables at Fort River Conservation area

A news story in the Hampshire Daily Gazette on the use of conservation land in Amherst noted that volunteers from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture planted small fruit trees and perennial vegetables at the Fort River Conservation area on Veterans Day.

Campbell-Nelson interviewed about a water-mold blight on fall vegetables

Katie Campbell-Nelson, UMass Extension, says Phytophthora, a water-mold blight, has been reported by some local farmers who grow butternut squash, pumpkins, cucumbers and peppers. The blight stays in the soil for years and can be reactivated by rainy conditions. Hampshire Daily Gazette

Geckskin noted in Guardian article about Ford's exploration of biomicry

A news story in The Guardian about how the Ford Motor Company is exploring biomimicry notes that researchers at UMass Amherst developed the adhesive Geckskin after studying how gecko feet and tendons work to let them stick to surfaces.

Mangan interviewed by Valley Advocate about Springfield food deserts

Frank Mangan, Stockbridge School of Agriculture and UMass Extension, commented in a news story in the Valley Advocate about food deserts in the Springfield area.

Clouston's NSF grant for CLT subject of WFCR story

A new $390,000 National Science Foundation grant awarded to lead investigator Peggi Clouston, Environmental Conservation that is expected to show that cross laminated timber (CLT) can incorporate currently underused wood species grown in the northeast United States was the subject of an WFCR report. News release

Jerry interviewed for Nature article about scientists in the nonprofit sector

Joseph Jerry, Veterinary and Animal Sciences and science director at the nonprofit Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute, was interviewed by Nature for an article about scientists in the nonprofit sector.

Rawlins writes about global warming implications of possible change in Arctic carbon absorption

Michael A. Rawlins, Geosciences and manager, Climate System Research Center, wrote in The Conversation about efforts by scientists to find out if the Arctic is absorbing less carbon over time, which could accelerate global warming.

Hazzard interviewed by NH NPR about how farmers markets change offerings seasonally

Ruth Hazzard, UMass Extension, was interviewed by New Hampshire Public Radio in a story about how farmers’ markets in the region are changing what they offer with the seasons.

Bradley op-ed column in HuffPost describes House intimidation of climate scientists prior to Paris conference

Raymond S. Bradley, Geosciences, wrote a column for the Huffington Post about how the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is using its power to try to intimidate climate scientists in the lead up to the international conference in Paris next month on carbon emissions.

Kevrekidis research on granular crystals published in Physics Today

Panayotis G. Kevrekidis, Mathematics and Statistics, coauthored a paper in Physics Today titled, “Granular crystals: Nonlinear dynamics meets materials engineering.”

Rich offers towns a co-pay model in order to keep offering tick testing service

Stephen Rich, Microbiology and director, Laboratory of Medical Zoology, has extended his lab's popular and successful tick testing service, despite loss of state funding, by offering towns a co-pay model. News release

Spencer research about sleeping on it doesn't always lead to confident decisions

Rebecca Spencer, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and colleague has found experimental results that suggest that normal nighttime sleep gave shoppers more positive feelings about their purchasing choices, but sleep failed to help them feel more confident about their decisions and made them reluctant to commit to spending money on an item they had considered buying the day before, as reported in the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making. News release

Larson comments on the relocation of the West Experiment Station

Joseph S. Larson, emeritus professor, Environmental Conservation and corresponding secretary for the Preserve UMass organization, says the Massachusetts Division of Capital Assets Management is not following the rules for consultation regarding the move of the West Experiment Station to a new location on the north side of campus. Daily Hampshire Gazette

Tropp testifies in Washington about law enforcement racial profiling

Linda R. Tropp, Psychological and Brain Sciences, testified at a hearing in Washington, D.C. hosted by U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on ways to improve law enforcement practices and do away with racial profiling. Capital News Service

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology honors Coombs with honorary membership

Margery Coombs, professor emerita, Biology, was awarded honorary membership in the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, one of the three major academic career awards given by the society, in recognition of her long career of “distinguished contribution to vertebrate paleontology.” The society is the premier international body for the interdisciplinary field of vertebrate paleontology. Coombs is internationally known for her research on fossil perissodactyls. News release

Whitbourne interviewed about the change in Twitter's favorites icons

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed about Twitter’s move to change how it designates favorites from clicking on a yellow star to clicking on a bright red heart. Inverse

NEAGEP welcomes 19 fellows to STEM doctoral programs

Sandra Petersen, director of the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP) reported that the program recently welcomed a record number of new fellows to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) doctoral programs at UMass Amherst. NEAGEP, established in 1999, is an alliance of 15 Northeast institutions that work together to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who obtain STEM doctoral degrees.
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Tremblay awarded $426,000 NIH grant to develop new model liver system

Kimberly D. Tremblay, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, has received a two-year, $426,000 grant from NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to use extra-embryonic tissue, that is, the membranes and tissues that protect and nourish embryos until birth, to develop a new model liver system. News release

Carter named SUNY Oneona Alumni of Distinction honoree

Kenneth R. Carter, Polymer Science and Engineering, has been named a 2015 State University of New York Oneonta Alumni of Distinction honoree. Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Whitbourne interviewed by Men's Health about male bragging

Susan K. Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed by Men’s Health magazine about male bragging being a turn-off for women.

Plan to grow local food hindered by reduced Extension staff

A draft plan to boost locally grown food was released last week by state officials. Winton Pitcoff, the project manager for the plan, says farmers in rural areas need technical assistance, but UMass Extension has one-third of the staff it had in the 1980s. Republican

DeMoranville interviewed about affects of climate change on cranberries

Higher temperatures and changing rain patterns could affect the state’s cranberry crop in the years ahead, Carolyn DeMoranville, director of the Cranberry Station in Wareham, told the Cape Cod Times. With the climate expected to warm in the decades to come, farmers can expect more insects and more fungal and other plant diseases.

Crosby elected fellow of American Physical Society

Alfred Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, has been named a 2015 fellow of the American Physical Society, “for establishing a research program on nature-inspired materials that has gained a worldwide reputation while making a significant and broad impact on the fields of materials science, mechanics and biology.” His election is a recognition by his peers of “outstanding contributions to physics.” Crosby, who joined the faculty in 2002, has more than 15 patents awarded or pending and has written more than 100 scientific publications. He is the co-inventor of Geckskin, the new super-adhesive material that can hold up to 700 pounds on a smooth surface.

Mass. Local Food Action Plan calls for strenthening UMass Extension

A news story in the Hampshire Daily Gazette on the Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan released today, Oct. 23, notes that it calls for strengthening UMass Extension’s capacity to provide technical help to farmers and ensuring that federal, state, and local regulation support growth in agriculture and other food businesses while protecting the environment and public health.